CHICAGO 10, IOWA 2
Prior to Saturday night, Chicago center Kevin Doell had scored two goals in 26 games this season.
On Saturday, he erupted for three tallies in a 77-second span, and his hat trick helped the visiting Wolves to a 10-2 victory over Iowa at the Wells Fargo Arena. The offensive attack set AHL season-highs for goals in a game (10) and margin of victory (8).
Doell scored at 2:40, 2:48, and 3:57 of the second period, with the final tally coming via a penalty shot.
His three goals in a 1:17 span came 20 seconds shy of the all-time league record. Billy Jennings of the Indianapolis Capitals netted three in 57 seconds on Feb. 16, 1941.
Additionally, Doell’s two goals in an eight-second span came close to the AHL record of two in five seconds. That was set by three different players in the 1950s.
Bryan Little netted a pair of goals for Chicago, the first two tallies of his AHL career. Atlanta’s first-round pick in the 2006 draft, the 20-year-old center spent the first 29 games of his rookie season with the parent Thrashers.
Rookie goaltender Ondrej Pavelec picked up the win with 28 saves on 30 shots.
SYRACUSE 9, HAMILTON 2
Joakim Lindstrom tied an AHL season-high with six points (1-5-6) as Syracuse defeated Hamilton by a 9-2 final on Saturday at the War Memorial at Oncenter.
Lindstrom’s six points tie a season mark set by Hartford’s Nigel Dawes, who netted two goals and added four assists in the Wolf Pack’s 7-1 victory at Worcester on Dec. 8
Lindstrom now has nine points (2-7-9) in three games since returning from parent-club Columbus, and he has at least one point in each of his last seven AHL contests (6-12-18).
Goehring picked up the first victory of his second stint with the Crunch, for whom he played from 2001-05. He is the club’s all-time leader in wins with 64 (64-63-3).
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 8, ALBANY 1
Chris Minard and Jonathan Filewich netted a pair of goals apiece as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton downed Albany by an 8-1 final before 4,271 fans at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
It marked the first regular-season AHL game in Glens Falls since the Adirondack Red Wings departed following the 1998-99 season.
The Penguins netted a total of four first-period goals and added two each in the second and third stanzas.
Bobby Hughes netted the River Rats’ lone goal. Albany had a four-game winning streak snapped in the defeat.
BRIDGEPORT 2, BINGHAMTON 1
Ben Walter’s power play goal at 16:07 of the third period lifted Bridgeport over Binghamton by a 2-1 final at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Jeff Tambellini also scored on the power play for the Sound Tigers, with Walter picking up the primary assist.
Bridgeport goaltender Mike Morrison stopped 32 of 33 shots to earn the victory.
The Senators received their lone goal from defenseman Ilya Zubov early in the third period.
MILWAUKEE 2, GRAND RAPIDS 1
Janne Niskala scored at 5:20 of the third stanza to propel Milwaukee to a 2-1 road win over Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Arena.
The Admirals also scored the game’s first goal, as defenseman Cody Franson netted his third of the year and second in as many nights. It came on the power play just 1:55 into the game.
The 1-0 advantage held until the Griffins’ Brett Engelhardt netted a man-advantage marker at 3:50 of the third period, setting the stage for Niskala’s game-winner.
Admirals goaltender Pekka Rinne made 29 saves in the win. Milwaukee won for the fourth time in its last five games and moved to 6-2-0-1 in its last nine outings.
HARTFORD 2, MANCHESTER 1 (OT)
Defenseman Ivan Baranka netted a goal 3:11 into overtime, giving Hartford a 2-1 victory over Manchester at the Hartford Civic Center.
Fellow defenseman Thomas Pock also scored for the Wolf Pack, his goal coming on the power play at 3:47 of the second period.
Wolf Pack goaltender Al Montoya stopped 26 of 27 shots, increasing his season record to 8-5-2.
David Meckler scored for the Monarchs, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.
TORONTO 3, HERSHEY 1
Bates Battaglia scored just 48 seconds after the opening face-off and Toronto went on to a 3-1 road win over Hershey at the Giant Center.
Goaltender Scott Clemmensen secured the win with 34 saves on 35 shots, helping the Marlies move to 4-1-0-1 in their last six contests.
Rookie Jay Beagle scored for the Bears, who are now 0-2-0-1 in their last three home games.
PROVIDENCE 6, LOWELL 1
Six different skaters netted goals as first-place Providence rolled on with a 6-1 win over host Lowell at the Tsongas Arena.
Goaltender Andy Franck made 18 saves and improved to 7-1-0 on the season. The Bruins increased their latest winning streak to three games and are an AHL-best 22-4-2-0 on the season.
Grant Marshall posted a goal for the Devils, who are now winless in six straight outings (0-4-1-1).
PORTLAND 4, SPRINGFIELD 3 (OT)
Petteri Wirtanen netted his third goal of the season with just 27 seconds remaining in overtime as Portland rallied for a 4-3 home win over Springfield at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
The teams will square off for a rematch on Sunday, again in Portland.
WORCESTER 4, HOUSTON 2
Worcester scored three times in the third period to take a 4-2 victory over visiting Houston at the DCU Center.
Lukas Kaspar netted a pair of goals in the stanza, including an empty-netter in the closing seconds.
Goaltender Thomas Greiss made 20 saves on 22 shots, improving his record to 8-6-1 on the campaign.
PHILADELPHIA 1, NORFOLK 0
Philadelphia goaltender Scott Munroe made 25 saves to earn his second shutout of the season as the Phantoms blanked host Norfolk by a slim 1-0 final at the Scope.
Darroll Powe netted the game’s only goal at 10:08 of the second period, both shorthanded and unassisted.
It was just Powe’s second goal of the season and his first since Oct. 13 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, a 3-2 win.
The Phantoms won their third straight game and will conclude a three-game weekend by hosting the intra-state rival Penguins on Sunday.
PEORIA 4, ROCHESTER 3
Peoria scored three times in the third period to take a 4-3 home win over Rochester at the Carver Arena.
Glenn’s goal was the game-winner, and it came shorthanded and unassisted at 8:55 of the third stanza.
Peoria goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu stopped 30 of 33 shots, helping Peoria to a season-high third straight victory.
Marek Zagrapan tallied a goal and an assist for the Americans, who lost their sixth consecutive game.
ROCKFORD 3, QUAD CITY 0
Rockford scored a goal in each period to take a 3-0 shutout victory over visiting Quad City in front of a capacity crowd of 6,436 at the MetroCentre.
Goaltender Corey Crawford needed just 14 saves to secure his second shutout of the season, as his club outshot the Flames by a final margin of 31-14.
The IceHogs extended their season-high winning streak to five games. They are 7-0-0-2 in their last nine contests and remain tied with Chicago for the West Division lead.
MANITOBA 2, LAKE ERIE 1 (SO)
Manitoba scored three times in the shootout to edge visiting Lake Erie by a 2-1 final before a crowd of 6,557 at the MTS Centre.
Moose goaltender Corey Schneider made 14 saves through regulation and overtime, and he denied three of four Lake Erie attempts in the shootout.
Monsters defenseman Johnny Boychuk scored in regulation, his goal coming at 15:45 of the third period to send the game into overtime.
The Moose earned a split of their two-game set with the Monsters and moved to 1-2-0-1 on a six-game homestand, which continues with a pair of games against Hamilton next weekend.